The mother of a little boy who was found starving one year ago may have to wait another day to find out if she’ll face jail time.
The woman, who pleaded guilty to failing to provide her son with the necessaries of life says she’s truly sorry for what she did.
Meanwhile, the crown is painting a picture of a young woman, a psychological report describes as over worked, and unsupported by her family, working twenty hour days in her restaurant while raising a little boy.
It’s what Surrey Provincial Court is hearing today, as a sentencing hearing threatens to outlast the court’s scheduled sitting period.
The child was very close to death when he was removed. He had a swollen abdomen, low muscle development and was severely malnourished.
The mother used a timer to remind herself to feed her two-year-old son, though officials are still not sure why he ended up starving.
The child was also kept in a storage room in the back of the restaurant where she worked.
Crown doesn’t think the mother intended to let the child get to that point.
Officials at a hospital where the son was staying in 2014 reported the mother when they observed the child looked sick. He was subsequently turned over to authorities.
Children’s ministry had received report of toddler months before he was aprehended
The crown also revealed that a report had been made to MCFD months before his rescue, however the social worker did not see the boy during the interview with the mother.
Video played in court showed a drastic change in his health from the time he entered the hospital for treatment to his recovery in later months.
Child has a long way to recovery
Now with foster parents, he’s said to be recovering well, but doctors says they won’t know what are the long term effects of starvation until the boy is nine-years old.
The child is three years old now, and has delays in motor, cognitive & social development.
The court also heard he suffers from anxiety, has a hard time meeting new people, and feels the need to remain close to his foster mother.
Crown wants the mother to serve at least 18 months behind bars.